Using crystals for energy and healing is a growing wellness trend, and worry stones provide the bonus of self soothing. If you need emotional relief from the trauma of 2020, and who doesn’t, this ancient technique is the newest thing, perfect for right now.
Worry stones distract from overthinking
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling feeling stress due to the Pandemic. I also feel separation anxiety about not being with family this holiday season. This isolation is a particular challenge for those struggling with addiction or a loss and are grieving.
How can we get our minds to stop thinking the same negative thoughts? What can we do to distract ourselves, to calm down and self soothe? Babies, of course, learn the value of their thumbs to self soothe. Adults choose nail biting, lip chewing, and substances. Fidget spinners were a mesmerizing craze for a while. Now chakra and other crystals are becoming so popular they’re not considered new age anymore.
Science says crystals work two ways
Can crystals change brain waves? Science says that calming crystals can change your brain and have a profound impact on reducing stress, along with shifting the mindset out of conditioned, and often, negative thinking patterns. Negative self talk, we call it. But how does it work?
The physical act of massaging a for several minutes is proven to provide therapeutic and psychological benefits that include the following. They soothe your nervous system, reduce stress and anxiety, help you feel grounded and clear your mind so you can focus and think clearly. Put the stone in the palm of your hand and gently massage with your thumb.
Worry stones can replace bad habits
According to the principles of cognitive behavior therapy, worry stones also help counteract negative comforting habits like biting your nails or lips, pulling your hair, or picking at a scab. Rubbing on a worry stone can calm your nerves and relieve stress instantly. When combined with intention setting, meditation or prayer, it can lead to incredible changes in thinking patterns and behaviors.
Gently move your thumb back and forth over the surface of the worry stone while focusing on positive thoughts. This simple act will help release physical tension and will activate pressure points that stimulate nerve endings connected to your brain. After a few minutes, you should feel a sense of calm and renewed focus on the task at hand.
When you begin rubbing the stone between your fingers, acupressure points are triggered, stimulating nerve endings that activate different parts of the brain. This creates a release of endorphins, which naturally calms the mind and activates more positive feelings.
According to the theory of acupressure, when you manually press specific points on your hands, you are activating corresponding energy meridian points on your body to stimulate the system to come into balance.
The thumb and pointer finger are responsible for reducing fear and worry, which is why these calming crystals are called worry stones.
Worry stones are a discreet way to calm your nerves when you are in public or with a group. Nervous about a meeting or date? Keep a stone in your pocket, massage it often, and watch your anxieties fade and your nerves calm instantly. You can feel calm, cool and confident in any situation.
Worry stones make great gifts for the season
Each crystal has a different meaning and different properties. I happen to love the crystals for new beginnings. With the New Year at hand now’s the time to set your better intentions.
Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.